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Joby applies for Japanese aircraft certification
Joby intends to bring its eVTOL technology to Japan; a new agreement between Japanese and US aviation regulators is streamlining the process.
Joby's application to the JCAB for the validation of an FAA type certificate is a necessary step to launching aerial ridesharing services in Japan.

California-based all-electric aircraft developer Joby Aviation has formally applied for its aircraft design to be certified for use in Japan. The news comes as Japanese and US regulatory authorities confirmed that they have reached an agreement to deliver a streamlined approval process for US applicants who wish to validate their eVTOL aircraft designs in Japan.

Joby's application to the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) for the validation of an FAA type certificate is believed to be the first of its type and is a necessary step to launching aerial ridesharing services in Japan. Joby plans to use its five seat, piloted eVTOL aircraft to connect people and cities through fast, quiet and emissions-free flight.

Joby founder and CEO JoeBen Bevirt says: “We're incredibly excited about the potential for electric aerial ridesharing to offer a new form of clean and affordable urban and regional connectivity across Japan. With 92 per cent of residents living in urban areas, we have a spectacular opportunity to save people time in congested cities like Tokyo, Yokohama and Osaka while also reducing their impact on the environment. We strongly believe that a collaborative approach to regulation helps to foster greater safety and, by working hand-in-hand on certification, Japan and the US are ensuring that both countries continue to play a leading role in the adoption of climate-friendly transportation.”

Joby has long-standing ties with Japan, having welcomed Toyota as a strategic partner in 2018. As well as lending its expertise on manufacturing process development and high-volume production, Toyota is also Joby's largest outside investor, with nearly $400m invested to date. Earlier this year, Joby also entered into a partnership with ANA Holdings, Japan's largest airline, to bring aerial ridesharing services to the Japanese market. Joby is a member of Japan's Public-Private Conference for the Future Air Mobility Revolution, established by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to accelerate the adoption of aerial ridesharing in the country.

Type certification is a multi-year process that sees a company undertake rigorous testing and documentation across each aircraft system to prove the aircraft meets safety standards and is ready for commercial operations. Similar type certification processes are undertaken for all aircraft, big and small, an approach that has helped shape air travel into one of the safest forms of transportation available today.

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